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Volume 23 • Number 4

October 2009



The Abuse of the Hipocrisy Charge in Politics

by Richard McDonough

In reply to Jeremy Garrett's criticism of my paper in the July 2009 issue of Public Affairs Quarterly, I, first, clarify my view of the proper status of same-sex marriage in a liberal society. I, second, defend my claim that moral disapprobation of homosexuality may be a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason for denying same-sex couples the benefits and protections of the marriage license. Finally, I criticize the view that, as long as marriage is viewed as a contract to be entered into by competent parties, it is not legitimate for the state to provide material and legal support only to contracts in which the parties are opposite-sex couples.

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